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Healing Multiple Sclerosis: Diet, Detox & Nutritional Makeover for Total Recovery, New Revised Edition Paperback – March 1, 2013
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"Healing Multiple Sclerosis not only reveals a new paradigm underlying this disease but provides a powerful user-friendly therapeutic approach. This is a vitally important must read for patients and families alike."
--David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, author of The Better Brain Book and Power Up Your Brain
"A must-read book for those with multiple sclerosis. There is so much you can do to begin restoring your health and vitality without resorting to expensive, toxic prescription medications."
--Terry Wahls, MD, author Minding My Mitochondria: How I Overcame Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and Got Out of My Wheelchair
"A landmark book. . . . Provides workable, natural solutions for a practical self-help program that anybody can follow. . . . By following her program, you will not only experience more energy, heightened vitality, and mental clarity, but your overall health is sure to improve."
--Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, New York Times bestselling author of 30 books on health and healing
"Filled with useful information that, when combined with the desire and intention of someone who chooses to be a survivor and participate in their healing, can provide results which far surpass what is expected."
--Bernie Siegel, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Love, Medicine & Miracles and Help Me to Heal
From the Author
My doctor leafed through page after page of my medical chart--EEG results, neurological exams, evoked potential tests. . . . I had undergone two weeks of tests hoping to learn what was causing the spasms, numbness, tingling, and other neurological symptoms that had left me barely able to walk on my own. "Well, Ann," he said, "the good news is, you don't have cancer. The bad news is . . . you have multiple sclerosis." With those words, I became a statistic, one of an estimated three million people worldwide--500,000 in the United States alone--who are afflicted by the debilitating disease of multiple sclerosis.
". . . incurable . . . experiment with chemotherapy . . . slow the inevitable deterioration. . . ."
He went on speaking, but I was in such shock that his words made no sense to me. Traditional Western medicine had failed to cure me of serious mononucleosis five years earlier. I had no confidence that it could help me now.
I left his office, and after two weeks of physical suffering, mental turmoil, and emotional torture, I turned my back on the traditional medical treatments for MS. I was only twenty-four, and terrified, but I refused to accept the prospect of spending my life in a wheelchair. "I will not be another MS statistic," I promised myself. And slowly, bit by bit, I created my own self-care program based on integrative medicine methods.
Four tumultuous years later, I reversed MS.
You must understand that health is more than just the physical body. Health means a balance of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. When you experience a chronic disease, all facets of the self must be examined. This means moving beyond the symptoms to address diet, lifestyle, stress, exercise, negative thoughts, fear-based emotions, and self-limiting belief systems.
Eventually, I hope, the usual paradigm in Western medicine will shift to a realization that even if two people have the same disease, they must be treated as individuals based on the knowledge that each person's history is unique, that health is more than just treating the physical body, and that it is essential to go to the root cause. Then cures will be the rule, not the exception to the rule.
Most important, health is a choice. Yes, the body has an innate inner intelligence that works at keeping itself balanced through the process known as homeostasis. But this is not enough to maintain health if you are making unhealthy choices, entertaining negative thoughts, bombarding your body with depleted foods, overwhelming it with stress, and holding on to fear-based emotions. Whenever you make the apparently simple choice of what to eat each day, you are actually choosing whether you want health--or not.
Even as I took the first steps on my healing journey, it was clear to me that I would be moving not only toward achieving recovery, but also toward helping others to move through the complexities of autoimmune disease. Today I am a nutritionist and naturopath with a fifteen-year practice, during which I've seen thousands of clients for various health conditions. Based on both my personal and my professional experience, it is my responsibility, and my passion, not just to educate you about the causes of MS and how to reverse it, but also to inspire you with the knowledge that you can triumph.
Society, your family, and your peers have more or less conditioned you to believe that you are powerless when it comes to MS--that drugs are your only option for living with this diagnosis. That is not so. There is a hidden truth to healing that has always been with us. This truth is the incredible individual power you possess to transform yourself--your body, your spirit, your mind, and your emotions. Making a choice to become healthy and then backing it up with belief and conviction are the keys to coming into your own power and turning around any disease.
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i've been trying since 2008 and have gotten worse each time i tried it.
the first time i lost my sense of smell for a whole month after being on program for 4 months.
she has a 90% success rate - i asked - guess i'm in the unfortunate 10%.
i finally skyped w/ her last Aug [$400/2 hr], and she looked me straight in the eye and said she "couldn't guarantee anything but we would stop the progression". a month later when i rearranged my supplements per her recommendations [esp her line of abx supps],
that's all i did was get progressively worse and i have yet to recover - it's worse than ever!
i am still on the candida cleansing diet but i'd rather be on Wahls protocol [too much work for my sister cutting all the veggies -she has to cook for me - sucks]
i went from standing and hanging on and being 'assisted', to my sister having to lift me from bed to chair to toilet.,..
i spend the majority of my day in my recliner and even have to change my incontinent pads in my chair!
i am chair-ridden instead of bed-ridden. i can barely type this.
SO, this program is NOT for everyone, if it works for you, awesome - lucky you!!
BTW - THIS BOOK DOES NOT HAVE AN INDEX!! if you read something and want to find it again you'll have to look for
it by flipping thru pages instead of using an index [like is in all other books of this type].
HOWEVER, she does give excellent product [Sami's gluten-free bread is best on market] and supplement recommendations.
and has exercises for every level of MS.
I think she's a beautiful person with a great program for most people and is responsive to emails even though she's extremely busy.
a true inspiration.
In a weak moment I allowed myself to be roped into another healing MS via diet book. I've read a number of these. I was diagnosed with MS in 2007. There is wisdom there for sure. Yes, I know, I know, I know that a healthy lifestyle is vital to healing. However.....suggesting that I remove decades old amalgams due to mercury poisoning and 4 single spaced pages listing what I cannot eat, including several fruits and veggies....well its hardly motivational. Its downright overwhelming! Add into that the countless trips to and the expenses incurred at the Whole Foods Market to get all the foo foo, fancy a$$ foods required.
I'm just gonna start chewing ice.....no fat, gluten free, non GMO, sugarless.
P.S. I struggled to take her seriously after reading Chapter 1 where she admitted to getting her medical advice from a Medical Intuitive. Perhaps that person should have written the book.
If anyone out there looking at this review has identified a naturopath who works like Ann, please let me know. It would really appreciate it. No matter the location!
My email is m6ruiz at gmail.
This book is life-changing.
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As I suffered from ms. my symptoms were bad now no more fatigue and pain! FACT
Really informative whilst a hard read in places.
There's some good ideas and advice if it's relevant to you.